The City of Morganton has hired Greg Branch as the new director of the City's Information Resources Management Services department.
Branch has 13 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field and served as the IT Director for Caldwell County for the past six years.
Branch started with Caldwell County in 1999 as a computer technician and worked his way up to director, earning a B.A. in Management Information Systems from Gardner-Webb University along the way. Branch is also certified by the UNC School of Government as a Chief Information Officer.
Branch said he enjoyed working for Caldwell County, but he couldn't pass up the opening with the City of Morganton and the opportunity to work in his hometown.
"I'm excited about being here," Branch said. "This position is close to home, and I got along with everyone right off the bat."
Branch grew up in the Salem community. He graduated from Freedom High School in 1992 and married his high school sweet heart, Lea-Ann. Branch's 13-year-old daughter Karson attends Table Rock Middle School and the family is very active at Walker Road Baptist Church. The Branches have lived in the Oak Hill Community for the past 14 years.
Branch is an amateur radio enthusiast and already has at least one friend in City Hall, a fellow amateur radio enthusiast who works in the Electric Department.
City Manager Sally Sandy said she is excited to have Branch on the City staff and she is confident he can lead the City's IRMS department.
"We are happy and fortunate to have someone of Mr. Branch's caliber working for the City," Sandy said. "He is very familiar with, and comfortable with, our municipal software systems, and he also knows our community very well.
"He will definitely be an asset to the City, and we are glad he accepted the position."
As the IRMS director, Branch will be responsible for directing, managing, analyzing and operating all of the City's information technology systems – staff computers, the telephone system, networks, Internet access, planning and zoning permitting software, GIS systems and more.
Branch will be responsible for researching and implementing software and hardware upgrades as well as maintaining the flow of information between City staff and City departments.